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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Growing In Unity winners!!

I wanted to say thank you to everyone that stopped by my blog last week.  I love having the opportunity to share projects made with Unity Stamps!!!

I truly appreciate all the wonderful comments left and wish I could pick every one of you for a prize.

That being said, congratulations to the following two blog commenters. 

Echo Noble and Debra Davison
 
Congratulations!!!  Please email me at dotssecret at yahoo dot com with your mailing address so I can forward that information along to Unity so they can get your prize sent out to you.
 
Have an amazing day!!!
 
Happy crafting....Lynda
 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Growing In Unity Day Five

Welcome to my final day as the Growing In Unity Guest Designer.  I have had such an amazing week and would like to thank Unity for the opportunity to share my love of stamping with you all.  And a special thank you to everyone that has dropped in along my journey this week.


In case you missed my Edit to my post yesterday...I realized when putting my stamped images into the spot where I keep them that the image from yesterday's card was not actually from the same kit as the other cards....so I set out last night to make an extra project for today's post to make up for it.

So, today I have two projects for you featuring the Wildflowers & Wings SMAK 4/14 kit.

This is the original project I created which is a card featuring the butterfly from the kit.  It was stamped with Stazon ink onto watercolor paper.  I colored the image using Derwent Inktense pencils.  I then backed the image with blue cardstock and mounted it onto a card base that I covered with this cute pattern paper.  I added the single strip of coordinating cardstock behind the image to balance out the card.  I then went in with a white gel pen and doodled all around the card.



For my final project I went back to the wonderful open flower from the kit.  I stamped it over and over again using Stazon ink onto watercolor paper.  In the end I had to make three masks to create this stacked flower arrangement look.  I then colored the image with Derwent Inktense pencils.

I then ran a piece of washi tape thru my printer to get the word on it.  Then put it and a piece of red washi along the spine of the journal.  I then adhered the colored image to the front of the journal.  This journal will be for my June List challenge.  I finished the image putting white and black dots along various parts of the flowers to add some depth and interest.




I hope you have enjoyed my projects this week featuring mostly the same kit, Derwent Inktense pencils and watercolor paper.  I have to say that I am hooked on these pencils now and how vibrant the colors are.

In case you missed any of the projects featured earlier this week:

 
 
 
 
Wednesday's project:   



Thursday's project: 
 


Please be sure to leave a comment on this post and the others from this week as I get to pick two lucky people to win a wonderful Unity prize!!!

Be sure to check back to see if it is you...

Happy crafting....Lynda

Oh...now...time for a shameless plug of sorts because I may still have your attention...

I wanted to take a moment to tell you a little bit about an organization that I am so proud to be part of....Hearts for Happiness.  This non-profit organization was established by my daughters sixth grade teacher in an effort to promote the spreading of kindness throughout our community.  You see here in our school district each sixth grader is required to participate in twenty hours of community service during the year and this teacher came up with an idea that has done such amazing things.  It started with the hearts...these are repurposed circles from wine barrels...and since we live in the middle of the California wine country it kind of makes sense to start there...well if you press them just so you can bend them into a heart shape.  The sixth graders learned to bend the bands into hearts.  And then we taught them how to tie beautiful bows for these hearts and we set up shop all around the community selling the hearts; in front of our school, at local farmers markets...at a holiday light show.  From the sale of these hearts Random Acts of Kindness are performed by the students throughout our community.  Simple things like baking cake pops and giving them out, recognizing kids on the playground doing kind things for others or as my daughters and I did this past weekend...making coffee filter flowers and leaving them on cars on Mother's Day.

I am so excited to be part of this organization and the message of spreading kindness that it represents.  We are working toward putting together a curriculum and a way to create small chapters of our program across the country...one school and district at a time.  If you could take a moment and like our facebook page....and if you know of a school in your area that could use a little kindness...drop us a message and we can share how you can start a program in your area to teach this wonderful life lesson!

Thank you...kindness matters!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Growing In Unity Day Four

Welcome to day four in my week as the Growing In Unity Guest Designer!  I am so thankful for the opportunity to share my love of Unity with you and for each one of you that has dropped in to take a peek this week!  I am having the BEST time and so appreciate all the sweet comments.


Edited...I realized this stamp is not from the same SMAK kit...this flower is from the No Clue How Beautiful SMAK 9/15 set...so tomorrow I will for sure have to share two from the other set...sorry for the confusion...I had images stamped ahead and had this one in the wrong bag...  For today's card I am using the Wildflowers & Wings SMAK 4/14 stamp set again.  This time I picked the floral grouping and stamped the image using Stazon ink onto Strathmore watercolor paper.  I colored the image using Derwent Inktense Pencils.  I used my waterbrush to saturate the edges around the image and tore it from the page for a fun distressed look.  I then use the brush to pencil technique to put the darker intense color around the torn edge of the image.



I really like how fun these pencils are to watercolor with. 

I had someone ask me why I was focusing on just one stamp kit.  For me I like to see what all can be done with one kit and decided to challenge myself to see if I could create different  unique looks using the same stamp set and medium this week. 

So there is one more day after today....
 
So, if you missed either of my other posts from this week you can find them here:
 
 
 
 
 
Wednesday's project:   

I hope you will drop by again tomorrow to see what my final project is.  Also, be sure to leave a comment along the postings this week since I get to pick two winners that will each receive an awesome prize from Unity!!

Hope to see you tomorrow...
Happy crafting....Lynda

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Growing In Unity Day Three

Welcome to Day three in my week as the Growing In Unity Guest Designer!!!  I am so happy you have stopped by!  And a special thank you to everyone that has dropped by my blog this week!

Well if you have been stopping by on prior two days you may have picked up on a theme for my cards this week... the Wildflowers & Wings Smak 4/14 kit.  When I was a Growing In Unity gal last year I showcased all five projects using the same paper from the same pad, so I thought this year I would make all my projects using the same stamp set.

For this card I used two images from the kit.  I used Stazon ink to stamp the image onto Strathmore watercolor paper.  I then used Derwent Inktense pencils to color in the image.  I then washed the background with a few of the pencils.  I then scraped the image with my scissor edge to create this rough and uneven look.  I kept it simple and mounted it onto the single cardbase.


 
 
So, if you missed either of my other posts from this week you can find them here:
 
 
 
 
Be sure to leave a comment as I get to pick two names to receive a wonderful prize from Unity.
 
See you tomorrow...
Happy crafting...Lynda
 
 
 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Growing In Unity Day Two

Welcome back.  If you didn't drop by my blog yesterday pop back over and take a peek at what I shared on this post.  Thank you so much to everyone that did drop by yesterday!!

Today I'm using a different image from the same stamp kit as yesterday; Wildflowers and Wings SMAK kit 4/14.  I stamped this flower image onto Strathmore Watercolor cold press 140 lb paper using Stazon ink.  I then ran the paper through my printer and added the sentiment.  I then set the sentiment using my heat tool.  I then used my Derwent Inktense pencils to color the image.

I LOVE how vibrant these colors can be.  I created this color blocked looking background by simply scribbling three colors in random squares behind the flower.




Once the image was dry I backed it onto a piece of pattern paper that had this fun grid design and then onto a blue cardbase that I cut specific for this tall card.

I hope you will come back each day this week to see what I have created for you using these wonderful stamps from Unity!

Be sure to leave a comment as two lucky commenters from this week will win a wonderful prize from Unity!

Until tomorrow...
Happy crafting....Lynda


Monday, May 09, 2016

Growing In Unity Day One

Pinch me quick!  I'm a Growing In Unity Gal again this year!!!  I was jumping for joy when I was able to be online in time again this time to get a spot to show off my Unity love!!!





Lately I've been dabbling in watercoloring.  There seem to be a lot of different ways to achieve this colorful look on your projects.  For this project I used my Derwent Inktense Pencils.  I first stamped my images using Stazon ink onto watercolor paper.  I have found that this combination of paper and ink give me the best results without any warping or paper tearing from over saturation.

I am using an image from the Wildflower & Wings SMAK 4/14 kit for this project.  Once the image was stamped I ran the paper through my printer to add my words.

I watercolored my image and then trimmed it.  I then backed it with yellow and black cardstock.



The entire image and matting was then added to the front of this journal.  This book will contain all the information on my new landscaping.  We just moved back to California and after years of living in the Seattle area, coming back to a dry climate will make gardening a challenge for me for a bit.  So I'll use this journal to keep track of what I plant, when I plant it, where it's planted and how it does.

I love how bright these pencils are and the vibrant look is perfect for this project.

I hope you will join me each day this week as I share more projects created using the wonderful stamps from Unity Stamp Company.

Be sure to leave a comment as I get to select two names to receive an awesome prize from Unity at the conclusion of my week!

Happy crafting....Lynda

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Catching up and changing times...

As with all things...change happens.  The seasons are changing and we are now settled pretty well into our new home here in California.  I miss the green of Washington, but really LOVE the warmer weather, at least so far I do. 

I'm working at getting my blog back into shape and will be posting more regularly now that we are settled.

So I'd like to share some projects that I haven't posted before from prior month's issues of Scrap 'n Art Magazine.


Bugaboo digital image with my own background drawn by hand and colored with copics.


Gelatos and a wonderful Unity stamp.


Unity Stamp and background using Imagine Crafts inks.



Unity stamps and white embossing powder backgrounds.

And more of my favorite projects from the last six months...
















So...as you can see I've been busy creating...just haven't been sharing on my blog as they have been for the magazine. 

So...with time all things change...and so my blog will become more active again...as I share more of what I create on a much more regular basis...

Happy crafting...Lynda

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Spring 2016 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


It's time for the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop!!!  I wasn't sure if I would get to play along since I'm recovering from surgery...but I had to try out the new Zig Clean Color pens I recently picked up...

This is a Denami Image which I love...and this card is for a friend that came to have coffee with me and brightened my day.

 
Be sure to link up your coffee/tea themed project to the blog post here:
 
 
Happy Crafting....Lynda
 

Friday, December 25, 2015

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Okay...so it's Christmas day and I got exactly what was on my list...a new Ott Light for my new studio and a gift certificate to a local art store here in Santa Rosa.
We are getting closer and closer each day to having less boxes in the house and that means that I am one step closer to ordering my table for my studio.  I have finally narrowed down the search and believe I will be putting this gem in the center of my little studio to work on:



I think it will be perfect in my room.  

Because it's the end of December I can share with you some projects from prior months of the magazine that I have not been able to share before...  I hope you like them:




 These cards are made using Cocoa Vanilla Studio papers...


featuring Imagine Crafts texture sprays...


Featuring the Robins Nest papers...


Prima stencil and Imagine Crafts sprays...



Buttons.com project...


Unity Stamp company stamp and Chameleon pens...





Unity Stamp Company stamps and Imagine Crafts texture sprays...


Kaisercraft and Spellbinders dies...


Paper beads made from Prima paper...


Pickled Tink scrapbook kit layout...


Prima canvas...


Prima papers...


Quilling creations...


Kaisercraft sea scape home decor


Stencil1 serving tray...


May Arts ribbon and Monamigabby bling...

I hope you have enjoyed some of my projects...  it makes me smile to look back at the album of all my work and how much fun it is to be part of the magazine and get to create with such amazing products every month!!!

Happy crafting...Lynda